Why I Walk
When we moved into our home two years ago, my journey to work went from a ten minute walk through a few streets in the city centre (we lived in a really outwardly flash apartment in the Cathedral quarter in Belfast, which was noisy AF inside and we secretly hated it), to a three mile commute.
In the beginning, I took the bus which took about 50 minutes all in, including wait times, so one day, I decided to swap my heels for trainers and walk home. Now I walk home from work almost every day (unless the weather is so bad that I can’t), and I absolutely love it.
If you are thinking of taking steps (see what I did there?) to swapping your commute, in full or in part, for exercise, here’s my reasons why:
- If you are trying to pay off debt, this is the exercise for you. It’s 100% free and not driving means you can avoid petrol and parking costs. If you use public transport, you can half the cost by walking one side of your journey. We save £500 per year by walking it home from work.
- It’s quicker than you think. When I have to bring the car into work, on my way home I usually hit rush hour traffic and my journey can easily take an hour. With walking, believe it or not, I am always surprised by how quickly you can amass mileage and you always know the exact time it’ll take to reach your destination. I can leave my house at 8.03 a.m. on the dot and know I’ll be at my desk by nine. No other form of transport can guarantee that. And there’s nothing quite like that smug feeling of getting to skip by the rows of traffic sitting, going nowhere, on the road.
- Which leads me to my next point- it’s the least stressful mode of transport out there. How many times have you arrived at work or home after your commute with epic road rage, or full of tension from sitting beside a group of teenagers playing YouTube clips at full blast on the bus? Walking is chilled and relaxed– always.
- You can skip the gym afterwards. How many of us torture ourselves to hit the gym after a long day of work? This girl knows- I’m terrible for it. But when I walk home from work, I’ve achieved my 10,000 step goal for the day so there’s no pressure to work out again. My FitBit counts my daily commute as a workout so I’m happy enough with that.
- It makes you feel good- and you are likely to lose weight. After just one month, I noticed my mood had improved and I wasn’t as tired in the evenings. I slept better. I felt fitter. Nearly two years in, I’ve went from a size 14 to a 12 as a result of consistently walking, which for me, burns around 450 calories per session.
- It gives me back time in the evenings. I know once I arrive home, my workout is done and I have those few hours to chill out. But even when I’m walking, I use the time to listen to music or a podcast- The Minimalists are my current favourite, and there is something about the tone of these guys’ voices that chills me right out, so I arrive home ready to unwind.
So if your goals are to save money, get fitter or lose weight, why not try walking with me? I’d love to offer some support or motivation if you are thinking of starting out, so hit me up below or on my Instagram page (@wannabedebtfree) with any questions or comments you might have.